Cast Blog: #RHOC

Make New Friends

Tamra: Lizzie's Obsessed With Me

Shannon Settles the Score

Lizzie: Tamra Doesn't Fight Fair

Heather: Why Hate?

RHOC Reunion GIFs: The Gloves Come Off

Lizzie on That Kentucky Fried Nickname

Shannon on Heather's Double Standard

RHOC Reunion GIFs: Psychics, Opinions, and Shade

Heather Weighs in on the Dinner Party

The Difference Between Shannon and Heather

Lizzie Forgives Tamra

Vicki Wants the Best for Tamra

GIF Recap: RHOC Season 9 Finale

Vicki: I'm Tired of Tamra Causing Problems

Recap: 13 GIF-able Life Lessons from Bali

Tamra: Lizzie Is the Worst Kind of Person

Lizzie: Tamra Has it Out for Me

Shannon: There's No Hope Tamra and I

Tamra: Lizzie's Out for Blood

Heather: Can't Friends Disagree

Lizzie: What Tamra's Doing Isn't Right

GIF Recap: Kayaks, Crowns, and Elephants

Shannon Was Shocked Tamra Would Betray Her

Tamra: I Was a Fool to Defend Vicki

Heather: Newsflash It's Not All My Fault

Vicki's Warning to Lizzie

Shannon Isn't Putting Emotions onto Tamra

Lizzie: I Thought Tamra Was My Friend

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Lonely Birthday Dance

Tamra: I'm Going to Be a Tam-ma!

Vicki: This Episode Was Hard to Watch

Heather: I Did Owe Shannon an Apology

Shannon: Tamra Is Stirring the Pot

Lizzie: Tamra Is Stirring Up Sh--

GIF Recap: What Does Tamra Remember?

Vicki Is Trying to Stay Neutral

Shannon: Tamra's Lies Are Mind Boggling

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Dinner Party Disaster

Vicki Advises Shannon to Keep Communication Lines Open

Lizzie: "I Take Sun Kitten Swimwear Very Seriously"

Make New Friends

Heather reflects on her first season as a Housewife.

"Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the others gold"

Over the years, I have made some very special friends.

When you move to a new town it can be difficult to make friends. How do we meet people? Through school, work, charitable organizations, and sometimes through our children's friends. Let's face it, meeting other women and making new friends is like dating. You are attracted to someone, you get to know them, you talk on the phone. Essentially, you "date" them. You try people on and see how they fit.

Like a great pair of jeans, not everyone is going to be the perfect fit. And that's OK. You don't have to be friends with everyone.

Life is about making connections and finding people that feel good. It's easy to be a good friend when the chips are down. The true mettle of a friend is to be there when they are rising high. To enjoy each others successes. That is the kind of friend I am and the the kind of person I seek out. This quality is the hardest for some.

For me, I'd rather have a few amazing people in my life than a large group of schadenfreude losers.

I am blessed. I have an amazing, supportive husband. He is my true partner in life. We are not perfect, but we are perfect together. We are strong, we love each other immensely, and we were lucky enough to get it right the first time around. We have four amazing, healthy children and a beautiful life together.

I have lovely friends that have stood the test of time. They are my friends in difficult times AND in success. I can now add Tamra, Gretchen, and Vicki to that list. They are independent, lovely women, and I'm proud to call them friend.

If you had told me one year ago I would be finishing up Season 7 of RHOC right now I wouldn't have believed you. I'm glad I've been open to the experiences life has thrown my way. I look forward to see what the future brings. . . Hopefully Vicki is not planning the next trip though.

The season may be over, but the drama definitely continues on the reunion. Don't forget to tune in on July 10 for Part 1. I will be on Watch What Happens Live after so set your DVRs!

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